GOP blocks minimum wage bill in Senate
April 30th, 2014
12:48 PM ET
4 months ago

GOP blocks minimum wage bill in Senate

(CNN) – Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a top legislative and political priority of Democrats, a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The measure failed to gain enough support in a procedural vote to open debate.

In framing the issue ahead of November's midterm elections, Democrats have portrayed the GOP as insensitive to the needs of low-wage workers.

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  1. Thomas

    The GOP is turning America into a fast food cast system ..

    The United States of India .

    April 30, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Thank you Sen. McConnell for proving whose side you're on. Thank you so much for playing politics with an issue that democrats, republicans & independents all support. Get ya bags packing.

    April 30, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Of course they did... Wouldn't want people being able to pay their bills and feed their families without getting government assistance would they?😳😳

    April 30, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Is this a shock? The GOP hates anyone who isn't wealthy. And most of us who aren't wealthy hate the GOP. Let's show them how much we hate them in November!

    April 30, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    In this span of 1 day Republicans have punished workers and rewarded shareholders.

    April 30, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. salty dog

    Say it ain't so pa. Republicans on the wrong side of a social issue regarding money, hard to believe huh? Ted Cruz, "the biggest myth surrounding the gop today is we're the party for the rich", yet more tax breaks for the rich coming up, courtesy of the gop. Nearly everything they say is an absolute lie.

    April 30, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are against people uniting for negotiating leverage with big employers by forming unions. So, it is no surprise that Republicans are against people having a legal minimum from which to negotiate a fair wage. Republicans are not for the middle class, nor the poor. Their positions bespeak a dedication to the oligarchs, waiting to take over control after they finish eroding the federal government.

    Welcome to the United Corporations of America, folks.

    April 30, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. jk sfl kick the koch stooges gop out in november

    thanks gop for insuring a democratic victory in November, what happened gop???did the gop bosses KOCH BROS say no in spite of about 80% of voters approval. the gop has NO chance of keeping the house, theyare on the WRONG side of EVERY ISSUE important to voters, KOCH CORPERATIONS CANT VOTE< GOP MORONS.

    April 30, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. salty dog

    The current GOP, well removed from reality, and getting worse by the day.SMH.

    April 30, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. MARILYN WAYTE

    The GOP has not broadened their minds or vocabulary enough to say anything but NO. Wonder how quickly they add another word or 2 when we yank them out of their Ivory Towers?

    April 30, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Chris-E...al

    Well if you read the bill and know whats in it you will know why the G0p didnt pass it ! Its just another bait and ploy game by the dems at our expence . MSm should give more details about the bill and clear the fog . .

    April 30, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    It's called a FILIBUSTER, CNN. You clearly have memos floating around telling your editors not to allow use of that word in the articles because this has happened several times before...avoiding using the word FILIBUSTER because of the word's extremely negative connotations. You are clearly desperately trying to avoid drawing attention to the fact that the GOP/Teatrolls yet again FILIBUSTERED to obstruct anything getting done. You then market a characterization of what "Democrats hope" as if that's all that needs to be said to understand what the Democrats are trying to accomplish, with only one quote from a Dem, and yet then proceed to fill about 1/3 of the article broadcasting quotes from the GOP/Teatrolls spewing their talking points and demagoguery and even THEIR characterizations of what Dems are trying to do vis-Ă -vis the election. A massively stilted article if I've ever seen one.

    April 30, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Jerry

    Further proof that Republicans do not care about the average working man.

    April 30, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Rudy:

    "Welcome to the United Corporations of America, folks."

    I've been saying all along we've been that for awhile now Rudy. From my perch on the fence, looks like we've no where else to go barring a landslide Democratic election. Thing is, if you read through the right wing comments, the propaganda from Corporate America is working ... underpaid and overworked as these "believers" are, they .... well, they believe that underpaid and overworked is an accomplishment to be proud of. Their back-patting themselves with their corporate mantra makes one teary eyed with emotion.

    April 30, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll agenda for Wednesday, April 30, 2014:

    1. Attempt to enact tax cuts primarily for the wealthy but without paying for them in any way, thereby trying to increase the deficit.

    2. Filibuster increase in minimum wage that would help generate demand in the economy and increase consumer activity.

    What a full day of plutocracy we have! Is it their naptime yet? Do they count oligarchs to fall asleep?

    April 30, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Untrue. Like ObamaCare, the GOP is simply trying to prevent a bad bill from passing. This is just as stupid a bill as ObamaCare.

    April 30, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Chris-E...al

    Well if you read the bill and know whats in it you will know why the G0p didnt pass it ! Its just another bait and ploy game by the dems at our expence . MSm should give more details about the bill and clear the fog . .

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Since you OBVIOUSLY know SOOO much about it, howsabout YOU do honors?

    April 30, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "the GOP as insensitive to the needs of low-wage workers."

    GOP/Teatroll response: "No were not. We're very sensitive to their needs. They NEED to get another job."

    April 30, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. ProudDem

    We as a society cannot function without people working these minimum wage jobs. That's just a fact. Every day your life is touched by dozens or hundreds of these people, making the things and providing the services that make your life easier. If everyone "pulled themselves up by the bootstraps" and became a doctor or lawyer, society would cease to function. The first thing we have to do is acknowledge that and quit looking down on these people.

    Once we agree that we need these people to do these jobs, then it's very simple. You can either pay them enough to at least keep them out of poverty, or you can make up the difference with government assistance. You cant do both. It's just math. If you want corporate america to foot the bill instead of taxpayers, well then you have to raise the minimum wage, because the way capitalism works is that companies will pay the least that they can get away with.

    Will there be small mom and pops out there who can't afford another $40 a week for an employee? Sure. It may indeed hurt a small minority. It will however benefit an OVERWHELMING majority. For almost any law ever passed there were some who were hurt by it in some way, but you pass laws to help the most people that you can.

    April 30, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. WB

    Meh....who needs a livable wage anyhow?

    April 30, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. rs

    The GOP once again slaps down and insults working Americans.

    The best and fastest way to reduce Americas' need for federal or state assistance (the people the GOP calls "takers"), is to ensure that when Americans work, they work for livable wages. $10 an hour is still far from that, but its way better than where the minimum wage is today.

    The GOP obviously like being on the road to irrelevance, becoming the party of the 1%, the plutocrats' party.

    April 30, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. WB

    Oh hey, after denying them a living wage, how about we also deny them any food stamps. Just in case we haven't kicked them enough while they're down.

    And, just for good measure...let's make sure the 1% and giant corporations get some tax breaks and exploitative loopholes.

    HOOOORRRAAAAY FOR THE GOP!!!

    April 30, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Garbage

    Harry Reid politics on steroids.....glad to see this lousy bill didn't make it out of the Senate...

    April 30, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. jk sfl kick the koch stooges gop out in november

    gop kicked out of power in November will be the head line jn November for their TOTAL INCOMPETENCE AND LACK OF RESPECT FOR VOTERS WILL> THE GOP WILL BE ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE IN JANUARY

    April 30, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatrolls in a nutshell:

    Wealth = evidence of virtue and being deserving of special treatment.

    Absence of wealth = evidence of lack of virtue and being deserving of nothing but scorn.

    Any questions?

    April 30, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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